Pereira upsets Adesanya, wins UFC middleweight title at MSG


              Nigeria's Israel Adesanya waits for the start of a middleweight bout against Brazil's Alex Pereira at the UFC 281 mixed martial arts event early Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, in New York. Pereira stopped Adesanya in the fifth round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
            
              Brazil's Alex Pereira, left, kicks Nigeria's Israel Adesanya during the first round of a middleweight bout at the UFC 281 mixed martial arts event early Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, in New York. Pereira stopped Adesanya in the fifth round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
            Brazil's Alex Pereira arrives for a middleweight bout against Nigeria's Israel Adesanya at the UFC 281 mixed martial arts event early Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, in New York. Pereira stopped Adesanya in the fifth round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Nigeria's Israel Adesanya, right, punches Brazil's Alex Pereira during the fourth round of a middleweight bout at the UFC 281 mixed martial arts event early Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, in New York. Pereira stopped Adesanya in the fifth round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Brazil's Alex Pereira, front, and Nigeria's Israel Adesanya compete during the third round of a middleweight bout title bout at the UFC 281 mixed martial arts event early Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, in New York. Pereira stopped Adesanya in the fifth round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) China's Zhang Weili, left, kicks Carla Esparza during the second round of a women's strawweight title bout at the UFC 281 mixed martial arts event, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022 in New York. Zhang stopped Esparza with a rear neck choke in the second round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Michael Chandler, above, grapples with Dustin Poirier during the second round of a lightweight bout at the UFC 281 mixed martial arts event, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in New York. Poirier stopped Chandler in the third round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) 
              Chris Gutierrez, left, punches Frankie Edgar during the first round of a bantamweight bout at the UFC 281 mixed martial arts event Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in New York. Gutierrez stopped Edgar in the first round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
            
              Frankie Edgar, center, is helped up after getting knocked out during the first round of a bantamweight bout against Chris Gutierrez at the UFC 281 mixed martial arts event, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in New York. Gutierrez stopped Edgar in the first round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
            Chris Gutierrez, right, knocks out Frankie Edgar with a knee to the head during the first round of a bantamweight bout at the UFC 281 mixed martial arts event Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in New York. Gutierrez stopped Edgar in the first round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Chris Gutierrez, right, kicks Frankie Edgar during the first round of a bantamweight bout at the UFC 281 mixed martial arts event Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in New York. Gutierrez stopped Edgar in the first round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Announcer Bruce Buffer works a lightweight bout between New Zealand's Dan Hooker and Peru's Claudio Puelles at the UFC 281 mixed martial arts event, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in New York. Hooker stopped Puelles in the second round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) New Zealand's Brad Riddell, right, punches Brazil's Renato Moicano during a lightweight bout at the UFC 281 mixed martial arts event, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in New York. Moicano stopped Riddell in the first round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)